By Antoinette Konz, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal

JEFFERSON COUNTY, KY - The mother of a fourth-grader is asking a Jefferson Circuit Court judge to issue a restraining order against another student who she says has repeatedly bullied and attacked her daughter.

In an affidavit filed Monday, Joy Furman says her daughter and the other student are in the same class at at Foster Elementary School and the school has "failed to protect my daughter on a daily basis from continued bullying, threats, and harm."

Judge James Shake set a court date at 11:30 a.m. May 2 to hear the motion.

Furman, who has retained Louisville attorney Ted Gordon to represent her daughter, says the other student has pushed her daughter while standing in line for lunch and recently approached her daughter "in a threatening manner with scissors in his hands."

"If he had not stopped at the last minute, (her daughter) would have sustained serious injuries, possible permanent disfigurement, and a substantial likelihood of death or serious bodily harm," the affidavit says.

Gordon said Monday that if Jefferson County Public Schools "refuses to protect these children, then our legal system will have to."

JCPS officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

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